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#1 of 6 Old 01-06-2010, 02:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm wondering if babies make leaps and bounds in neurological development in the evening hours.
Roslyn seems to "wake up" around 6 and jabbers more and more, and also cluster feeds, screams, naps for 20 minute spans but won't go "down" to bed til midnight.
I wonder if these are the hours that the brain is making new connections, or if they're afraid of the dark/night?
She's 3 months and I think we're seeing a new baby coming out of the 4th trimester...
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It was my understanding that newborns were used to being active in the evening and at night because that was how they were in the womb. While mom is awake she is moving around, and that movement "rocked" baby to sleep. When mom slept and wasn't moving around, baby woke up and would be more active.

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OMG - is she teething? she is drooling like mad, eating her hands & wrists & my wrists and DH's fingers. I thought she had just discovered her hands, but I just read that it can be from teething. I didn't expect this for months.
they say any new upset affects them more at night...
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I'm experiencing the exact same stuff suddenly...fist chewing, evening chatter, midnight bedtime...!
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us too. Lyra is soaked in saliva. I finally found a use for the pile of bibs collecting dust in the cupboard (Why buy a new baby a bib?). Mashing her hands in her mouth and lots of crying too.
I gave her Hyland's teething tablets and the irritability seemed to wane a bit.

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I've heard that a magnesium deficiency (in the mom) can cause evening fussiness. There is a product called Natural Calm that is magnesium citrate in its most easily absorbed form. I take it for migraines. They have a baby version, but I wouldn't start that until after solids are introduced. You could just try it yourself, taking it about an hour before the fussiness usually starts.

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